Shattered, Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign

I am not a Hillary Clinton fan. But, I have always loved politics. This last Presidential election was especially fascinating. When I heard that there was a new book out about Clinton’s campaign, I wanted to read it, because I love learning the inside stuff of a campaign. Shattered, Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign Shattered, […]

How did King Ludwig II Die?

Post contains affiliate links. You’ve probably heard of “mad” King Ludwig here and there — he’s the 19th century Bavarian king who built Neuschwanstein, arguably the world’s most famous castle. You may even know that his death was surrounded in mystery. When did he die? June 13, 1886: 131 years ago today. How did King […]

A Tale of Two Covers

Post contains affiliate links. Almost five years ago, I wrote my Ludwig II book, the book that would sell far more copies than anything else I’ve ever written. It’s a biography of Bavarian King Ludwig II, called Not So Happily Ever After: The Tale of King Ludwig II. My Ludwig II Book When I wrote […]

The House We Grew Up In: Review

Drama. You know how some people just seem to breed it? Well, the Bird family in The House We Grew Up In is nothing if not dramatic. We meet mom Lorelai, an over-the-top sentimental hoarder who is just too much: “‘Imagine,’ she said, her face turning serious for a moment, ‘imagine if something happened to […]

Grief Cottage: Review

Gail Godwin is one of my favorite authors. I think Father Melancholy’s Daughter was her first book that I read, and I was hooked from there. I’d probably enjoy reading a grocery list she wrote — she’s just that good. She develops characters really well, creates a mood wonderfully, and is a great storyteller. A […]

The House of Mirth: Review

Since I absolutely loved Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, I decided to read another book of hers, The House of Mirth. It’s set in New York City at the turn of the 20th century, a time of excess. Another book of hers, The Age of Innocence, has a similar setting. Interestingly enough, Wharton was mentioned […]

All These Wonders: Review

All These Wonders was pretty much universally loved in reviews over at Goodreads, so I was excited to request a review copy (thanks, Blogging for Books). It’s made up of a series of short stories which were presented as talks in programs known as “The Moth.” Apparently “The Moth” is a large phenomenon of which […]

Big Little Lies: Review

Big Little Lies is a book (and now an HBO series too) by current best-selling author Liane Moriarty. It’s the first book I’ve read by this author, and I was curious to see if it lived up to the hype. The story centers around three women: Madeline, Celeste, and Jane. They live in Australia, and […]

The Scarlet Letter: Review

Thanks to my daughters, I’m reading a lot of classics these past few years. They read a classic, tell me it’s good, and then I read it. Today’s classic is The Scarlet Letter. Preconceived Notions I have to say that The Scarlet Letter was a little different from what I’d had in mind. I knew […]